Tampa Bay Lightning Sign Pat Maroon

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Pat Maroon (Unrestricted Free Agent) to a one-year, $900,000 contract.

Maroon, 33, was part of the Stanley Cup winning roster for the St Louis Blues. In 74 starts the forward recorded 10 goals and 18 assists for a total of 28 points.

When announcing the trade, Lightning General Manager Julien BriseBois stated that the Lightning were “very pleased” to add Maroon to the lineup and that he brings “size and physicality to the line up”.

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Pat Maroon (Courtesy of Dinur Blum @rabbi_d via Flickr)

Despite being a St Louis native, Maroon is no stranger to the Lightning organization. More specifically, he spent one year under the guidance of the Lightning’s own head coach Jon Cooper. In the 2006-07 season Maroon played for NAHL Junior side St Louis Bandits, under Cooper’s guidance. The team went on to win the Robertson Cup that season.

The signing adds another forward to an already log-jammed forward corp for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Maroon will most likely be fighting it out for a bottom-six role amongst the group. This will put him in direct competition with the likes of established veterans Alex Killorn and Cedric Paquette. Rookies such as Carter Verhaeghe, Alex Barré-Boulet and Alexander Volkov are also vying to make the final roster.

Overall the signing adds significant depth and playoff experience to the Lightning squad, which many have argued they are lacking in.


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